The towers of the clock met each other and all of us were out in the dining tent to have our black tea. We were given a surprise by India Hikes. A new Year cake Yayy Yayy :) :)
Managing to make a cake at this altitude in itself was a challenge and when they got the cake inside, we were all the merrier and joyous. Bidding a wonderful 2016 a good bye and welcoming a amazing 2017.
The celebrations were short lived and we had to get ourselves ready to move on the given time. Sharp at 2.00, everyone was out of their tents, ready to move ahead and experience a night trek in freezing temperatures. This was going to be my first night trek and I was so excited to clearly view a huge galaxy and twinkling starts, moving towards the peak. Slowly and steadily, the group kept moving in a single line, the pretty ladies at the front and the gentlemen at the back, motivating and cheering for each other..! Soon we reached a patch which was very slippery and we had a challenging time coming across that patch..!! And what lay ahead was a welcome break for us.. A break at a tea stall which served us amazing hot tea at 4.00am in the morning. I got a good time to click some pictures of the milky way, something that I was trying for the first time. And when the pictures came a little good, I felt so cheerful !! The idea of carrying a Tripod for the trek was successful..!!
I realised that at times, you'd have to carry extra luggage/ weight for a thing and if it works out, the pain of carrying extra weight age does disappear in thin air..!! We should never be scared to take hardships for they always have a beautiful lesson or a result in it.
We could see the summit in front of our eyes but what was weird is that with every step we took towards the summit, it kept on going far away and felt the distance only went on increasing instead of reducing..!!
One step at a time and we kept moving with our heads looking down , slowly and steadily, as the darkness kept on fading..!! The stars slowly disappeared and a clear blue sky took way..!! But also, the wind speed kept on jumping high with temperatures reading -8°C ..!! At that moment, removing the hand gloves to take a picture also felt a big ask as the hands were turning numb..
Every Mountain top is within our reach if we simply keep on climbing with a strong will and commitment.
The moment we stepped on the top, it felt as if the world was conquered. !! With only mountains, cold air and a bunch of hard working guys who were willing to break the jinx of partying on a new year and instead do something different, we heaved a sigh of relief with no further uphill climb. !! We waited for the sun to come up..!!
It was the same Sun that was going to rise that day but it didn't feel the same..!! That sunrise , along with itself brought new hopes of light for the one who felt hopeless, brought joy and happiness who didn't have lots of it the past year, brought curtains to a disappointing 2016 for many and most importantly, brought smiles..!! For, the Sun knew itself that he brought with him, belief which many lacked..!!
That moment, being at the top, was priceless ... Which we had earned with our hard work and determination to fight the conditions for the past 3 days..!! I'm sure none of us would ever forget that feeling which enlightened the heart and the soul..!!
The camera's too caught cold and hanged when I steadied it on a tripod to capture the sunrise in 100s of pictures..!! Due to the cold winds , the lens caught fog .!!
Slowly, the wish to capture pictures went away and I just sat there reflecting on what a wonderful journey it had been..!! Reflecting on how blessed I was to be a part of this group and having the opportunity to reach at the summit of Kedarkantha..!!
Some accomplishments win over every obstacle that we face and that day, cold, pain , tiredness was conquered with joy. !!
Soon, the happiness of enjoying the summit was cut short as we had to start our descend..!! The descend back down was a beautiful journey..!! As the journey uphill was done in the dark, we never realised about the beautiful landscapes we were surrounded with..!! With happiness and satisfaction in heart, the journey felt even more beautiful..!! We took out own time to descend, taking lots of pictures, throwing and jumping around in the snow... !!
And if it all wasn't enough, we were blessed with snowfall even before we reached Kedarkantha Base camp..!! We were on cloud nine..!! We couldn't ask for anything more ..!! Though it resulted in climate turning colder and our shoes getting wet, i was more than happy to live that..!! Fresh snow, so light and pretty, falling on us, was one of the best things i experienced..!! Soon we reached KK base , had our lunch and started our journey for our next camping location, Hargaon.